Procrastination or laziness: Does doing nothing make you productive?


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Everything would be better if we were only lazy and did not perform actionistically placebo work, wrote once bestselling author Holm Friebe. I have my doubts - even if many of Friebes thoughts are good, but you have to differentiate.

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Mindfulness and laziness as a trend?

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Laziness and productivity - how does it fit together? Apparently very good, because the subject of laziness we have already often on Best of HR – Berufebilder.de® discussed. There are even people who openly admit, "Yes, I'm lazy - and that's why I'm productive."

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Doing less, ostensibly accomplishing more or just being lazy: caring for one's self and turning away from the hamster wheel are trends in the future. Mindfulness is in.

Born to laziness?

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In this context, I found it exciting that the journalist and author Holm Friebe said so. We remember: Friebe is the founder of the Central Intelligence Agency, who together with Sascha Lobo 2006 published the book "We Call It Work" and thus coined the term "Digital Bohème".

He is practically predestined to write about laziness. And he has done that, in another book The Stone Strategy. The art of not acting and im Magazine of the Süddeutschen Newspaper.

Against the actionism:

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Granted central statement: Instead of falling into blind actionism, as happens in many situations, one should rather take a deep breath, prokrastinieren, wait and think in peace. For so-called "placebo activities" Friebe leads all kinds of examples in the field. For example, our bloated health care system, in which seemingly indiscriminately prescribed any therapies, or the bureaucratic apparatus that is true to the Parkinson's Law itself according to the motto: "Each work expands until it completely fills the designated time."

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According to Friebe, there are a thousand reasons and motives for creating jobs where there really are none: "Budget items must be defended, superiors or shareholders want to be soothed, planlessness should be disguised." As the German officer Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord said: The wise and lazy soldiers are predestined for the highest management tasks, since only they had the prudence and nerve strength to master even difficult decisions. That in the Company For a long time the apparent products have had their say, Friebe understood as well - and that's why he wrote his book.

Cultural ADHD - employment at any price

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I have to admit: his thesis has something in it. For example, I like his phrase "cultural ADHD" very much. And once again, the Protestant work ethic is to blame for the over-productivity dilemma that has gripped our society.

Undisputed is the hustle and bustle with which news is produced in the media and with which attention is fought for on Twitter, Facebook and Co. Many agree: It is more important than just jumping on any fast-paced trend - on the Internet and elsewhere - to follow your own day-to-day work in a relaxed and purposeful way. Nice.

Always just prokrastinieren is not a solution

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Or not quite. Of course, blind actionism is bad. But always putting one's hands in the lap and waiting for what happens, as Friebe does in his article - a little bold and of course not 100% serious - demands, can not be the solution. Nor that he praises Angela Merkel for this political strategy. Friebe himself would soon be unemployed, if everyone did what he advises them. After all, he also lives on the fact that people can be distracted from their day's work by texts such as his.

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In the comments to Friebes contribution in the SZ-magazine is the perfect illustration of his idea: It is noted that it can also be cheaper during cooking to let the roast linger a little longer. Exactly that brings me to the essential point: And then how do you proceed afterwards while cleaning the kitchen? Should one wait until the brownies come and do everything for one?

Postponing or performing radical tasks

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In many cases, procrastinating does not continue, as I have often noticed in my own example. Radical execution of tasks can sometimes be more liberating. And even if action and hurry are bad in important decisions, it often comes down to acting fast: If you hesitate too long, the competition is faster - for example, when it comes to the implementation of business ideas.

My conclusion: I like Friebes thesis and have often dealt with similar topics myself. In many cases, pausing and thinking is more appropriate than instant letting go. But I have just as many cases come to mind, in which was hesitated too long and in which the hesitation has had a rather negative effect. Therefore, I find Friese's generalization unsuitable. As so often, it depends on the golden mean.

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